UK Box Office July 17-19: ANT-MAN Wins But Opens Small, THE GALLOWS Gets Hung

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Ant-Man managed to defeat Minions this week even though the Marvel opening was a little light. A concert by Andre Rieu also opened in the top 5 at number 5 with $1.7 million.

Also opening in the top 10 was Bajrangi Bhaijaan (#7/$1.2 million) and The Gallows (#9/$500K).

Here is the top 10:
1. Ant-Man - $6.23 million - Week 1 - Down NEW - Total: $6.23 million
2. Minions - $4.20 million - Week 4 - Down 35% - Total: $50.22 million
3. Ted 2 - $2.12 million - Week 2 - Down 65% - Total: $10.95 million
4. Jurassic World - $1.77 million - Week 6 - Down 39% - Total: $92.51 million
5. André Rieu's 2015 Maastricht concert - $1.72 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.72 million
6. Terminator Genisys - $1.28 million - Week 3 - Down 51% - Total: $14.36 million
7. Bajrangi Bhaijaan - $1.18 million - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $1.18 million
8. Magic Mike XXL - $815,141 - Week 3 - Down 45% - Total: $8.55 million
9. The Gallows - $522,331 - Week 1 - NEW - Total: $522,331
10. Amy - $490,500 - Week 3 - Down 24% - Total: $3.21 million

The top 10 made $20.33 million this week. This is down 3.76% on last weekend and is down 18.47% on the same time frame last year which saw a solid $15 million opening from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The box office crown was passed on this weekend to possibly the smallest (in size) winner ever! Ant-Man continued Marvel's tradition of reigning the chart but the news isn't that great as Ant-Man took in an average $6.23 million which is on par with Ted 2 and below Mad Max: Fury Road & Pitch Perfect 2! This is on par also with 2008's The Incredible Hulk and a little above Captain America: The First Avenger. Looks like Ant-Man was no Guardians of the Galaxy! However, AntMan has had strong reviews (80% on Rotten Tomatoes) and strong word of mouth (92% of Audiences liked it) which suggests that its chances of nearing $20 million by the end of its run are slightly more likely. However, expect AntMan to close with ($16-20 million).

Minions slipped down to second place this weekend but managed to drop a very light 35% which is excellent for a film that has been out for 4 weeks! Minions took in $4.2 million which brings its new UK total to $50.22 million. The film is on track to close with around $60-65 million by the end of its run. Also, look for Minions to join the billion dollar club as it is also performing strongly all around the world!

So Ted 2 is not far from being a financial disaster for Universal - even though it is likely to break-even, the future for the Ted series is not looking good. In its second weekend, the comedy dropped a steep 65%, taking in $2.12 million. This brings the films new total to about $10.95 million. The film will probably close with around $14-18 million if it continues to hold so badly.

Staying in the top 5 for its 6th week, Jurassic World dropped just 39% this week which is fantastic! The film took in $1.77 million which brings its new UK total to $92.51 million. Jurassic World will close with or just below $100 million by the end of its run! I think the reason for the film's strong hold this weekend is new TV adverts saying 'experience it again' are popping up on every channel and it seems to have worked because this film has legs! Jurassic World is expected to become the 3rd biggest film of all time by the end of the week.

5. André Rieu's 2015 Maastricht concert - An excellent debut for a non-movie. 

6. Terminator Genisys - An average drop for the below average movie. Prediction : $16.2-18 million

7. Bajrangi Bhaijaan - A fantastic debut for a foreign film with a limited release. Prediction: $2.6-3.4 million

8. Magic Mike XXL - Another solid hold for the sequel. Prediction: $10-11.5 million.

9. The Gallows - A underwhelming debut for the Blumhouse horror. Prediction: $1-1.2 million

10. Amy - A fantastic hold for the critically acclaimed film in its 3rd weekend. Prediction: $3.9-4.4 million.

Source: Rentrak

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